Letter from the Residency Director

The University of Arizona College of Medicine Neurology Residency Program
Dear Interested Candidate,
Thank you for your interest in the University of Arizona Neurology Residency Program in Tucson! This is an exciting time for clinical neurology and the neurosciences and I'd like to congratulate you on your decision to pursue a career in one of the most rewarding fields in medicine.
The neurology residency program you choose and your experiences during training will shape the rest of your career. We are proud to say that we provide a nurturing environment to our trainees and impart the science and art of neurology to them in a highly professional and friendly environment, and instill the confidence required for the independent practice of neurology. We value individual growth and we collectively believe that mentorship is crucial in assisting each of our trainees to achieve professional and personal success.
Our department is deeply committed to an educational environment combining strong clinical teaching in neurology with opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Our faculty members are highly approachable, friendly, enjoy teaching and provide exceptional patient care amidst an informal teaching atmosphere. However, formal teaching is also a priority and includes didactic lectures and clinical conferences. During your neurology residency at the University of Arizona you will be exposed to a large and diverse patient population, a broad educational experience, and a robust academic environment that encourages research. During the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years, residents are given the opportunity to develop their clinical judgment and make independent decisions with close guidance from neurology faculty. Our graduates have advanced to both private practice and academic careers and have done well.
We are an ACGME-accredited 4-year categorical residency program. For residency positions, our selection committee contacts applicants whom they wish to extend an invitation to interview. Please note that we require the average of residency applicants' USMLE scores on Step One and Step Two to be 185 or above. Note also that since we are a categorical program there is no separate interview for the PGY-1 year, and applicants who match with us are automatically accepted for their PGY-1 year.
For individual seeking top-class neurology training through close mentoring and structured didactics in an informal environment in an easy-to-live city in the beautiful desert southwest, the University of Arizona program in Tucson is an excellent choice. We invite you to research our program on this web-site, and welcome you to apply!
Kendra Drake M.D.
Director-Neurology Residency Program
University of Arizona